Organic Sea Harvest (OSH) has partnered with aqua feed supplier, Cargill, to jointly launch the ‘Bho Mhuir gu Tir’/From Sea to Land community fund.
The fund was launched on the 2nd June 2021, coinciding with OSH’s first harvest. The community fund forms part of OSH’s ongoing commitment to bring social, cultural and economic benefits to the north-east Skye community it farms within. The principal aim of OSH’s community initiative is to provide financial support to local organisations for projects which bring tangible benefits to sustain the rural district of Staffin, known as An Taobh Sear (East Side) in Gaelic. The area has a resident population of more than 570 people, who live in 23 crofting townships dotted around Staffin Bay and the Trotternish Ridge.
A committee composed of the OSH workforce and local community representatives (including Sgoil Stafainn), will decide which projects are supported. Each project will need to submit an expression of interest prior to being awarded any funding. OSH anticipates that several projects a year could benefit from this fund.
For more information about the fund and how to apply, email:
Here are some of the projects that have been awarded funding so far...
Portree Community Allotments
Awarded £2030.40 for materials and machinery to install new deer fencing around the allotments site.
The Portree Allotments project is a combined initiative between Portree and Braes Community Trust and Skye Housing Association, to create community growing areas, individual allotments, an orchid, and fully accessible paths on an area of wasteland near the centre of Portree.
Phase 1 of the project is now underway, which will create 8 allotments (growing space for up to 16 households), along with the necessary drainage and infrastructure works to support the growth of the area as the project moves on to future stages.
“The timing of this award couldn't be better. After investing many hundreds of hours of volunteer time the community are finally progressing with the purchase of the allotments site and the working group were keen to keep up momentum and start developing the site as soon as possible for the coming growing season. The fencing is a key element of the first phase of the project and the support from Organic Sea Harvest has meant that the community is now significantly closer to realising their vision for the chosen allotments site. Thank you to the Organic Sea Harvest team. "
Portree & Braes Community Trust
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New Defibrillator for
MacKenzie Stores, Stenscholl
Awarded £1400 to help complete community fundraising.
The new defibrillator has now been installed outside Mackenzie Stores in Stenscholl (near Staffin) and is available 24/7 for use.
Sgoil Stafainn Parent Council
Awarded £2000 to support after-school clubs, school transport to external events, and to install new blinds in 3 classrooms.
"While normal community driven fundraising events have been curtailed due to Covid, Sgoil Stafainn Parent Council are very grateful to OSH & Cargill for this £2000 grant which has enabled the Parent Council to continue supporting the school in these difficult times."
Treasurer of Sgoil Stafainn parent council.
Awarded £3000 for 3 years to provide training tops and camans (sticks) to the shinty teams.
Organic Sea Harvest’s local shinty team, Skye Camanachd, has been awarded funding in a 3 year sponsorship deal to buy training strips for all the teams and help the club to maintain and replace their camans (shinty sticks) over this period. The club has dedicated fitness and training coaches, with the health and well-being of players being a top priority.
“The club are delighted at the support OSH has provided and hope to have a continued relationship in the years ahead. Coming out of COVID financially is a burden on everyone and a charity sport club like Skye Camanachd has naturally felt that. The donation from the community fund alleviates the club having to spend its limited resources and the players having to spend their own money. We are very fortunate to have the support of local businesses like OSH.”
Chairperson of Skye Camanachd